Well. This one really has been a long time coming. I mean, it's no secret that the NARS LIP PENCILS receive a fair bit (lot) of good press about the place, is it? And rightly so, I say. With their winning formulas, bang on shade range, incomparable wear times - and all that, without the faff of that whole stain or lipstick/liner combo to contend with. Just, perfection. They're a force to be reckoned with - and y'know, we just can't get enough of em. The only catch? 18 quid a pop. I know. But with that in mind and if they really are that damn good (and oh, they are), then why hasn't the highstreet took heed yet I wonder? Hm? It doesn't usually take em long. I mean, sure. There are a fair few similar products out there on that more affordable end of the spectrum but nothing that quite lives up to good ol' NARS. Or even close for that matter. But these, the new MAYBELLINE COLOUR DRAMA INTENSE VELVET LIP PENCILS £4.99? Can they really cut it.. for a fiver a piece?
Well this is just a bit insane, isn't it? I mean, 1000 thousands followers? On my little blog? Seriously. As if that has even happened. Just, wow. But you know what? Somehow it has guys - and I've only got you lot to thank for it. Quite frankly, I couldn't be happier (or more shocked for that matter) if I tried. And so, in an effort to show you lot just how much I appreciate ya being round here - here's a fancy ol' giveaway to try your luck at. And besides, I was never all that good at the whole soppy thing anyway..
Now when it comes to skincare, I've just gotta admit - I'm a floozy. Flitting from product to product without even a second thought for those that I've left behind me. I mean, if that wasn't obvious enough around here, that is. You see, as much as I try to remain loyal to a product and as much I may well think it's the best thing since sliced bread (at least for a time, anyway) - well, I'm forever convinced that there's gotta be something out there that'll be one step ahead of it. Even just by a little way. I mean, the grass is usually always greener elsewhere, right? Maybe? And so, ever in pursuit of that next best thing, I've found myself trying and testing a whole lotta skincare. Trust me. In fact, I've swapped and changed bits about more times than I'd care to admit - so many products, so little time and all. But y'know what? Every so often, I'll come across a brand that's just so damn perfect that I can't shake it off. A brand that I can wholly rely on to work it's skin-loving wonders each and every time I call on it. A brand that just has the whole thing down. And so, no matter how hard I try to top it - the SARAH CHAPMAN SKINESIS range has completely ruled the skincare roost for me just lately. But with those oh-so-luxe scents, richer than rich formulas and winning textures - it ain't no surprise that I'm hooked on em. Who knows? Maybe I am even ready to settle down after all..
Shopping. In London. With a bunch of beauty bloggers. LOL. It was only gonna ever end one way, right? Now, don't get me wrong though. I can get pretty spendy at the best of times when it comes to all things beauty - even under free rein. Ahem. I mean, who ever needed willpower for anything anyway? But, throwing the likes of the mecca that is Liberty and the utterly-droolworthy Space NK (or even 5) in to the mix? And when supervised by more makeup mavens than you could ever wish for? Oh, I just didn't stand a chance. We're talkin' prime haulin' conditions right there. And boy, did I haul good - even if I do say so myself. I mean, just take a look at this little lot. A to-die-for mash up of some long-standing favourites of mine, along with a few new bits and pieces that I'd been eyeing for far too long and a good ol' spur-of-the-moment-I-need-it purchase or two chucked in for decent measure. And so one long long weekend, two false-alarm fire drills (true story) and three-hundred or so miles worth of walking around central London later (RIP feet, I'll miss ya) - what's the verdict? Well I must say, I'm all kinds of chuffed with my purchases. Sure, my bank balance is feeling a whole lot lighter for it but hey - I guess beans on toast isn't so bad after all..
Okay. I'll be honest. I'd never actually heard of this one up until very recently. Y'know, living under a rock and all. You see, despite my absolute best efforts to acquire more makeup than I could possibly get through in at least 65 lifetimes (and my sorry state of bank balance would most definitely back that up), it is only too easy to miss out on a new release here and there. Just so many products, so little time. You know how it is guys. I mean, if only we all had more cash/storage/time/faces, right? But with that very real struggle aside; as a brand whose focus is firmly on colour coupled with that essential pigmentation factor - it was only a matter of time til I sniffed em out. And with their products falling within the drugstore end of the spectrum too? Well, my interest was well and truly peaked. You see, I (personally) find the whole pigment-thing can just get a little hit and miss when it comes to the more inexpensive offerings out there. So, a company whose sole focus in life is all-things-pigment? You just know it's gonna be a good un. And if that's not quite enough for ya - well, these guys just get their customers too. And that ethos, oh-so-perfectly evidenced by their fancy ol' interactive website. So with that lot in mind, they've gotta be worth a shot, surely?